Eddie Vedder, Sia, Chris Cornell, Pink, the Shins and many more will tackle 50 of the Beatles’ classic Lennon/McCartney songs for a new Netflix animated series titled Beat Bugs, which debuts on the streaming service this August.
The series focuses on five insect best friends who come together to form the Beat Bugs and explore and learn about the suburban backyard where they reside, The Hollywood Reporter writes. Creator Josh Wakely will direct, write and produce Beat Bugs, which was green-lit by Netflix after securing a deal with Sony/ATV publishing for the worldwide rights to cover songs from John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s Northern Songs catalog.
“Personally I’m very grateful to be part of Josh’s vision,” Vedder said in a statement. “A tremendous show for kids that combines beautiful animation with great stories and obviously some of the best songs ever written.” Vedder’s take on “Magical Mystery Tour” soundtracks the series’ trailer, which also reveals that Chris Cornell will cover “Drive My Car,” Sia will perform “Blackbird” and Pink will sing “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”
Other artists brought in to cover the Lennon/McCartney tracks include Of Monsters and Men, Regina Spektor, James Corden with Birdy, James Bay and more.
“It’s a rare occasion to be presented with a truly one-of-a-kind children’s show that is so perfectly suited to Netflix,” Netflix director of original kids content Andy Yeatman said in a statement. “Josh and his team have not only developed a compelling children’s show filled with life lessons, but they’ve built a show that will transcend generations and have parents and grandparents enjoying right alongside their little ones.”